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Europe’s oldest hotelier is celebrating its 120th anniversary and to mark the occasion, Kempinski’s chief operating officer, Middle East and Africa, Henk Meyknecht, has once again made it into the top quartile of the Hotelier Middle East Power 50. Previously at number 25, this year the industry veteran has climbed three spots and makes the list at number 22.

Meyknecht brings more than 30 years of industry experience, and 10 years of Middle East experience, to his position at Kempinski Hotels in this region, where he oversees nearly 10,000 employees.

This year, with a pipeline of nine upcoming hotels and 2,800 rooms, Kempinski opened two new hotels in the region, Kempinski Summerland Hotel & Resort Beirut, and Kempinski Al Othman Al Khobar.

The operator’s philosophy is “small is beautiful”, and this can be seen in the company’s personalised service offering, as well as in its expansion into new destinations, according to Meyknecht.

“We apply an entrepreneurial approach to all of our commercial decisions, driven by our hoteliers, who embody a guest-centric approach. We may very well evolve room size or restaurant design going forward, but the core concept of luxury hospitality will always remain how we consistently provide an authentic and highly personal service to deliver beautiful performance to our guests,” he says.

Mohamed Ahmed Awadalla

Chief executive officer, Time Hotels Management LLC
With a decade under his belt at the company, the business is moving from strength to strength in the hospitality industry

Henk Meyknecht

Chief operating officer, Middle East and Africa, Kempinski Hotels
Meyknecht brings more than 30 years of industry experience, and 10 years of Middle East experience, to his position at Kempinski Hotels in this region

Andrew Shaw

Assistant vice president — development EMEA, Dusit International
Dusit International operates six hotels in the region and more than 1,731 rooms

Laurent A. Voivenel

Senior vice president, operations, and development for the Middle East, Africa, and India, Swiss-Belhotel International
Since Voivenel took charge of the company in April of this year, Swiss-Belhotel has introduced a number of new properties

Sumair Tariq

Managing director, R Hotels
Tariq and his team understand that in placing an emphasis on guest service excellence for the hotels within its group, the company’s key resource is its staff

Baran Turkel

Managing director, Turkey, Middle East, and Central Asia, Best Western Hotels & Resorts
Best Western plans to expand with nine more hotels — with 1,238 more rooms — in the region

Hatem Gasmi

Founder and managing director, Auris Group of Hotels
The Auris Group of Hotels has already mapped out new development projects in Jordan, Sudan, and Tunisia

Aboudi Asali

Chief executive officer, HMH – Hospitality Management Holding
Under the HMH umbrella, Asali plans to operate 20 hotels by 2020 and an additional 30 by 2026

Gabriel Escarrer Jaume

Vice chairman and CEO, Meliá Hotels International
In the last 12 months, the operator has also decided to pull out of operating one property in the GCC

Jamal Serhan

CEO and senior vice president, Warwick Hotels and Resorts
Jamal Serhan has spent six years with Warwick Hotels and Resorts as its CEO

By THE NUMBERS

  • Number of months in the role 15
  • Number of years with the company 6
  • Number of operating hotels in the region as of July 2017 21
  • Number of pipeline hotels in the region as of July 2017 9
 

Mohamed Ahmed Awadalla

Chief executive officer, Time Hotels Management LLC
With a decade under his belt at the company, the business is moving from strength to strength in the hospitality industry

Henk Meyknecht

Chief operating officer, Middle East and Africa, Kempinski Hotels
Meyknecht brings more than 30 years of industry experience, and 10 years of Middle East experience, to his position at Kempinski Hotels in this region

Andrew Shaw

Assistant vice president — development EMEA, Dusit International
Dusit International operates six hotels in the region and more than 1,731 rooms

Laurent A. Voivenel

Senior vice president, operations, and development for the Middle East, Africa, and India, Swiss-Belhotel International
Since Voivenel took charge of the company in April of this year, Swiss-Belhotel has introduced a number of new properties

Sumair Tariq

Managing director, R Hotels
Tariq and his team understand that in placing an emphasis on guest service excellence for the hotels within its group, the company’s key resource is its staff

Baran Turkel

Managing director, Turkey, Middle East, and Central Asia, Best Western Hotels & Resorts
Best Western plans to expand with nine more hotels — with 1,238 more rooms — in the region

Hatem Gasmi

Founder and managing director, Auris Group of Hotels
The Auris Group of Hotels has already mapped out new development projects in Jordan, Sudan, and Tunisia

Aboudi Asali

Chief executive officer, HMH – Hospitality Management Holding
Under the HMH umbrella, Asali plans to operate 20 hotels by 2020 and an additional 30 by 2026

Gabriel Escarrer Jaume

Vice chairman and CEO, Meliá Hotels International
In the last 12 months, the operator has also decided to pull out of operating one property in the GCC

Jamal Serhan

CEO and senior vice president, Warwick Hotels and Resorts
Jamal Serhan has spent six years with Warwick Hotels and Resorts as its CEO